- populated: inhabited; occupied
- tourist: someone who travels to and explores different places
- ferry: a boat meant to carry passengers across a short distance
- mainland: the area of land that forms the main part of a country
- theory: an attempt to explain something
1. Tourists come to visit Okunoshima because of
Tourists come to visit Okunoshima because of the large rabbit population.
2. People can travel from the mainland to Okunoshima by
People can travel from the mainland to Okunoshima by ferry.
3. During World War II, the island was used to
During World War II, the island was used to produce chemical weapons.
- Although it may sound like fun to visit an island full of rabbits, tourism has caused unfortunate consequences. People who feed the rabbits are contributing to an overpopulation problem that is harmful to the island’s natural ecosystem. How could tourism be regulated to protect the ecosystem?
Okunoshima, a small island off the coast of Japan, is a place mostly populated by rabbits. The island is a popular tourist destination for people who want to spend the day with cute animals. Tourists can reach this island by taking a ferry over from the mainland. Although Okunoshima is mostly known for the rabbits that live there today, it is also a very historical site. The island was once used to produce chemical weapons during World War II. Back then, these weapon factories were kept so secret that Okunoshima wasn’t even labelled on Japanese maps. Many people believe that the island’s rabbit population is related to this history. A common theory is that the military once brought rabbits to the island to test chemicals on, and a few rabbits were released into the wild. Today, over 1,000 rabbits live there, and the population is only growing.